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First workers' committees established and trained in a collective project in Tamil Nadu

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 26-04-2021

Prénatal is one of the first companies to have started a training program at a supplier. The company started their program at a supplier in Tamil Nadu, India.
The training is part of a collective project of the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile to improve working conditions in the clothing industry in the region. In addition to Prénatal, six companies, the Mondiaal FNV trade union and NGOs SAVE and Arisa are participating in the project.

Supermarkets provide insight into living wage gap in banana sector

Agreement for the Food Products Sector | 23-04-2021

Over the last year, Dutch supermarkets that are part of CBL worked on their commitment to close the living wage gap in the banana sector. The commitment is part of the IRBC Agreement for the Food Products Sector. They worked on this together with IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative.

OECD side event with participants from international RBC agreements

Agreement for the Metals Sector | 23-04-2021

The OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains will take place on April 27 and 28 2021. During this forum, a side event about the hidden risks in mining supply chains will be organised by CNV. The focus will be on the countries Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.

OECD side event with participants from international RBC agreements

Agreement Pension Funds | 23-04-2021

The OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains will take place on April 27 and 28 2021. During this forum, a side event about the hidden risks in mining supply chains will be organised by CNV. The focus will be on the countries Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.

Benchmarks help companies participating in Sustainable Garments and Textile Agreement tackle living wage gap

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 30-03-2021

The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile is publishing a list that reveals the difference between minimum wage and living wage in the garment and textile industry in many countries. Understanding the difference between the two allows companies to take steps to bridge this gap. The list covers almost fifty countries and regions and was compiled using data provided by WageIndicator and The Global Living Wage Coalition.

Clothing companies increase transparency by signing the Transparency Pledge

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 25-02-2021

The number of clothing and textile companies which endorse the Transparency Pledge goes up again.

SER contributes to EC consultation on sustainability in corporate governance

17-02-2021

The European Commission has recently concluded a public consultation on sustainability in corporate governance. The Social and Economic Council (SER) provided input.

Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile makes first decision on complaint

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 04-02-2021

The independent Complaints and Disputes Committee of the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile has made its first decision on a submitted complaint. It concerns a complaint from NGO Arisa about clothing company C&A.

Parties to the international RBC Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile again call for responsibility in the corona crisis

Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile | 02-02-2021

The parties to the international RBC Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile again call on companies to give substance to their international responsible business conduct during the corona crisis. The basic principles are the protection of the income of employees in the clothing and textile sector, guaranteeing their safety and health and making the chain future-proof.

Watch NCP Webinar ‘Responsible business in the digital economy’

29-01-2021

Recently, the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (NCP) organized a webinar on ‘responsible business in the digital economy’. One of the speakers was Carine van Oosteren of the SER. The webinar can now be watched and the presentations are available.